Barbican is a historically acclaimed area in Plymouth, England. Home to many art galleries, antique stores, unique narrow streets and beautifully designed buildings, Barbican is a great place to discover the area’s past in an exciting way.
When a majority of Plymouth was destroyed during the devastating Second World War, Barbican was the only area that did not face serious damages. Therefore, the stunning Barbican area remains to be a place that preserves the mediaeval streets and most of the Tudor residences. Located next to the spectacular Sutton Harbor, this area is complete with a network of many narrow streets as well as alley ways.
For many years, the Plymouth fish market was located in Barbican which has now been moved to another location near the harbor. However, the area still remains to be home to a large community of fishermen. Most of Barbican’s research work based on its history is carried out by the Old Plymouth Society. The area’s existing buildings have been refurbished and are maintained by the famous Plymouth Barbican Association.
Barbican offers its visitors a wide choice of tourist attractions to explore. One of the must see places here is the National Marine Aquarium which is one of Britain’s largest. Built during the early years of the 16th century, the Elizabethan House is a fascinating piece of architecture which is now being utilized as an interesting museum. Other must see places include the Mayflower Steps, Barbican Theatre, the Dolphin Inn and the Plymouth Gin Distillery.
The Tourist Information Centre is located at the Island House which is a beautiful 16th century building. Overlooking the picturesque Sutton harbor, it is believed that a few Pilgrim Fathers stayed at this house prior to departing on their heroic journey to the new world.
The best way to discover Barbican and its many unique attractions of the past is to stay at a Plymouth hotel. So book your stay in a hotel in Plymouth Devon such as the Copthorne Hotel Plymouth and experience the magic and beauty of a great harbor side community.